Introduction to Cumberland, Rhode Island
Cumberland, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 7 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 32 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area.
Cumberland was originally part of Rehoboth, a town in Massachusetts which was purchased by the Plymouth Colony from local Native Americans. The area was later ceded to Rhode Island. William Blackstone was the town's first European settler. Cumberland, which was incorporated in 1746, is home to many National Registered Historic Places including the Ashton Historic District, Luke Jillson House, Tower-Flagg Barn Complex, and Berkeley Mill Village.
Cumberland and Nearby Attractions
- Valley Falls Heritage Park
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- Arnold Arboretum
- Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Fall River Carousel
- Lincoln Woods State Park
Things To Do In Cumberland
While in Cumberland, leisure time may be spent at George Washington Memorial Park, Berkeley Mill Village Historic District, Arnold Mills Historic District, and Valley Falls Heritage Park which are situated nearby. Several parks in the area are Freetown Fall River State Forest, Quaddick State Park, and Ashland State Park. Activities such as hiking and picnicking may be enjoyed at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. Some of the other popular attractions near Cumberland are Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and the New England Aquarium.
Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.
Cumberland Higher Education
Providence College, Bryant College, and Rhode Island College are some of the colleges near Cumberland.